Do you suffer from allergies or hay fever? Cetirizine is an allergy medication that you can buy over-the-counter at a pharmacy. The medication comes in capsules, tablets, and a syrup. You typically take it just once per day, and it begins to work quickly.
Generally, Cetirizine is a safe and effective drug, but you should be aware of certain warnings and precautions when taking this drug. Learn how this drug works, what it’s used for, and how to take it safely.
Why it’s used?
If you have year-round symptoms, or seasonal allergies like hay fever, your doctor may recommend Cetirizine. Cetirizine may help relieve these allergy symptoms, but it doesn’t prevent them.
When you come in contact with allergens, your body produces a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes most of the symptoms related to allergic reactions. Cetirizine is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of histamine.
Cetirizine helps relieve mild to moderate allergy symptoms, such as:
- runny nose
- itchy or watery eyes
- itchy throat or nose
These reactions can happen after you touch or inhale allergens such as plant pollen, mold, or pet dander. Allergies usually affect your nose, sinuses, throat, and other areas of your upper respiratory system.
Cetirizine also helps relieve hives. They are itchy, raised rashes on the skin. Hives often occur with food or medication allergies.
How to take it?
Adults and children 2 years and older can take the syrup, which is fruit flavoured. Adults and children 6 years and older and take the capsules and tablets.
The usual dosage for adults younger than 65 and children who are 6 years and older is one 10-milligram (mg) dose per day. You shouldn’t take more than 10 mg in 24 hours. Your doctor may recommend a 5-mg dose once or twice per day if your allergies are mild.
Talk to your doctor about dosage for people who:
- are 2 to 6 years old
- are older than 65 years
- have liver or kidney disease
Do not take 30 Days Allergy and Hayfever Relief Cetirizine Tablets if:
- You are hypersensitive (allergic) to cetirizine or any other antihistamine or any of the other ingredients of Cetirizine Tablets.
- You are breast-feeding.
Take special care with Cetirizine Tablets if:
- You have ever had liver or kidney problems. In this case please consult a pharmacist or your doctor, as your daily dose may need to be reduced.
- Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
- Driving and using machines: These tablets might make you feel drowsy; if you are affected, do not drive or operate any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Cetirizine Tablets:
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Alcohol should be avoided while taking these tablets since the effects of alcohol may be increased (e.g. increased drowsiness and lack of co-ordination).
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, even those not prescribed.